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Walks in the Park with Friends of Baxter State Park

Walk in the Park
Winter Walk  Photo by Jym St.Pierre

Each year, a few members of Friends of Baxter State Park make the journey to Millinocket on Opening Day, the day after Martin Luther King Day, and stand in line in sub-zero weather to make reservations for Walks in the Park. Now, be forewarned. A “Walk” in the Park can be just that, a walk; but it can also be a backcountry camping trip, a mountain ascent, or a guided geology tour.

We invite you to join other Friends in the Park. Cabin, bunkhouse, lean-to – we’ve got some of each lined up for each season, in the north and in the south of the Park. We’ve arranged for a winter ski trip to Katahdin Lake as well as what has become known as the “Warm” Winter Weekend in cabins accessible by car. Most trips are two or three nights, but some are shorter day trips.

Here are some Walks we hosted in 2014. Stay tuned for the Warm Winter Weekend dates and the 2015 summer/fall schedule!

July 19: Walks in the Park - South Turner (Day Hike)  Family Hike of South Turner. South Turner has some of the best views in the Park for only a four mile round trip hike, with great wildlife watching at Sandy Stream Pond along the way. You may want to get a day use parking reservation or camp the night before. Capacity 12 people.

July 26: Walks in the Park-  Join Glen Mittelhauser, lead botanist on the Plants of Baxter State Park project, for an exploration of plant communities on Matagamon Lake and Horse Mountain. This is an incredible opportunity to spend a day in the field with one of Maine’s finest botanists. Capacity: 12 people.

August 3: Walks in the Park- Mount OJI (Day Hike)  Check out the new trail up Mount OJI! Supported by FBSP and built by Maine Conservation Corp, the new trail climbs to the saddle between OJO and West Peak then approaches the OJI summit from the west.  Capacity 12 people.  Host: Carla Ritchie

August 22 &23: Walks in the Park - Chimney Pond (Overnight) Join FBSP members at spectacular Chimney Pond. We’ve reserved the entire bunkhouse for two nights. You can coordinate with other participants or plan your own itinerary. Full!  Host: Henry Beeuwkes

September 5 -7: Walks in the Park - South Branch Pond: Enjoy two nights at South Branch Pond, with wonderful opportunities for hiking, swimming, canoeing, and relaxing – as well as attending the SFMA Forestry Tour. Host: Jill Ippoliti.

September 6: Walks in the Park - Scientific Forest Management Area tour with Rick Morrill: Join BSP Resource Manager and licensed forester Rick Morrill for a tour of the Scientific Forest Management Area in the northwestern corner of Baxter State Park. The 30,000 acres of the SFMA are managed as working forest, providing income for the Park while protecting wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.